Confluence of Life

The Kyoto-based American artist Sarah Brayer has pursued her passion for traditional washi paper since the 1980s. To learn time-honored techniques from artisans she has made countless trips to Echizen, one of the oldest homes of washi. Her style of blending the traditional with her original vision has won her international acclaim. Recently, she received a rare chance to dedicate a fusuma-e, sliding partition paintings, to a Zen temple in Kyoto. Her 8-panel piece will be installed in the temple's meditation space. We follow Brayer's painstaking process to create a piece that will be treasured at the temple possibly for hundreds of years.